200 Jay Sanders Analysis

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The infamous, frightening statistic that children of alcoholics are four times more likely to grow into alcoholics than children of sober parents. The children of alcoholic parents, the many growing up in violent, traumatizing conditions, don’t want to believe the statistic is anything but a number; a number couldn’t possibly dictate their entire future and the future of generations to come. Scott Russell Sanders, whose father lived as an alcoholic for the majority of his life, tells his continuing story about being under the influence of his father’s ailment. Writing with the dark diction and engaging emotion of a man scarred by his own personal experiences, Sanders’s shameful tone and biblical references describe the inner tragedies of growing…show more content…
In lines 200-206 Sanders uses the stories of Noah and Lot. He shows that through drunkenness anyone can be affected. He’s possibly trying to humanize his father to show that even great people became drunk and suffered the consequences. In this passage it also says how the children were the ones who paid the price for their fathers being drunk. It says in line 205-206 “The sins of the fathers set their children’s teeth on edge” This can be used to show that the children are the victims not the alcoholics. Sanders says that he kept his father’s drunkenness a secret from everyone outside his house. In a sense this relates to the quote, Sanders couldn’t do anything about his father’s drunkenness so he had to keep his mouth shut so he wouldn't be criticized thought differently of or even rejected by others. Sanders learns from his experiences as a child with his father to not be an alcoholic. Lines 455-462 explain that what his father did was something that can’t be undone so he never wants to restart that process. In the back of his head he keeps the statistic that he is four times more likely to drink due to his father. By keeping that locked in his head he avoids alcohol in his own words “ I listen for the turning of a key in my brain.”. This metaphor sums up in his own words how he knows what his limits are and unlike his father he won’t push

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